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Decisions of the Petitions Committee Tuesday 12 January 2016

12 January 2016

This week’s decisions included scheduling debates on an e-petition relating to state pension arrangements for 1950s women and an e-petition relating to tax reporting for small businesses and the self-employed.

The Committee considered all e-petitions which had reached over 100,000 signatures, and those over 10,000 signatures which had received a government response on or by Friday 8 January. 

Petitions which met these criteria after this date will be considered at the Committee’s next meeting on Tuesday 19 January. 

Petition debates

The Committee decided to schedule a debate in Westminster Hall on the motion “That this House has considered e-petition 110776 relating to transitional state pension arrangements for women born in the 1950s” on 1 February at 4.30pm. 

Helen Jones MP, the Chair of the Petitions Committee, will lead the debate.  

The Committee decided to schedule a debate in Westminster Hall on the motion “That this House has considered e-petition 115895 relating to tax reporting for small businesses and the self-employed” on 25 January at 4.30pm. 

Oliver Dowden MP, a member of the Petitions Committee, will lead the debate. 

Other decisions on petitions over 100,000 signatures

The Committee noted the Government’s response. It noted that the response had arrived five months after the petition had reached the 10,000 signature threshold. 

This petition was first considered at the Committee's meeting on Tuesday 17 November 2015. It decided not to schedule a debate on this petition, because it does not have the power to schedule debates on motions of no confidence, and the petition did not contain a specific request for action on policy.

Petitions with over 10,000 signatures with a government response

The Committee agreed to write to the Department for Transport to ask it to provide the update from Highways England to which it had referred in its response to the petition.   

The Committee noted the Government’s response.

The Committee noted that the Veterinary Nurses (Protection of Title) Bill had been presented to the House of Lords.  The Committee agreed to write to Lord Trees, who was the sponsor of the Bill, to draw his attention to the petition and the government’s response. 

The Committee noted the Government’s response. 

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